How federal budget cuts could affect Alaska

ANCHORAGE — The White House on Sunday released lists for each state of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday.


The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March-September.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

According to the White House, the cuts that could happen in Alaska include:

Military funding: About 5,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $31.8 million. Army base operation would be cut by about $78 million in Alaska. Air Force operations in Alaska would be cut by about $12 million.

Teachers and schools: Approximately $1.5 million for primary and secondary education would be cut, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 2,000 fewer students would be served and 10 fewer schools would receive funding. The state also would lose $1.9 million for 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Early education: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 100 children.

Environmental protection: Alaska stands to lose about $1.8 million for clean water and air enforcement, pesticides and hazardous waste enforcement.

Fish and Wildlife: Alaska could lose $2.1 million in fish and wildlife protection grants.

Employment: Alaska would lose about $337,000 in federal funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement. That’s projected to affect 12,580 people needing help to find a job.

Work-study jobs: About 80 fewer low-income students would receive aid for college and fewer would get work-study jobs.

Public health: The state will lose $237,000 for responding to infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Another $250,000 in grants for substance abuse treatment and prevention would be lost. That translates to about 400 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. The Alaska Division of Public Health would lose $54,000 for 1,300 HIV tests. A cut of $96,000 for vaccinations would mean 1,400 fewer children receiving vaccines to prevent measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B.

Senior Care: Alaska would lose about $184,000 in money for seniors’ meals.

Law enforcement: Alaska would lose $69,000 in grants that support prosecutions, crime prevention, drug enforcement and crime victims.

Child care: Up to 100 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care needed for their parents to keep a job.


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